The effects of physical activity on aging : a longitudinal analysis

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dc.contributor.advisor Craig, Bruce W. en_US Artale, Lisa M. en_US 2011-06-03T19:38:13Z 2011-06-03T19:38:13Z 1998 en_US 1998
dc.identifier LD2489.Z78 1998 .A78 en_US
dc.description.abstract The purpose of this study was to examine the participants of the Ball State University Retirees Fitness (BSURF) program in order to determine the role that habitual participation in an exercise program plays on the aging process. The participants of the BSURF program were divided into two groups: those that have been exercising for seven or more years (LT; n=14), and those that have been exercising for six years or less (ST; n=10). Subjects underwent testing on the following variables: BMI, body composition, resting heart rate and blood pressure, blood lipid profile, biceps muscular strength, trunk flexibility, and the Rockport Walk Test. Group differences were determined using an independent t-test. Despite a significant difference in age and duration of participation time between the LT and ST groups, no statistically significant differences in cardiovascular measurements, anthropometric measurements, and body size were seen between the two study groups. The only exception to the positive effects of this exercise program on the aging process is demonstrated by the trunk flexibility data. The ST group was significantly more flexible (27.6 ± 1.51 cm) than the LT group (17.7 ± 2.67 cm). The results of this study suggest that continued participation in the BSURF program enabled the LT group to maintain their physiological functioning. Further, the length of participation by the members of the BSURF program clearly demonstrates significant adherence, and suggests that a program of moderate intensity in combination with a large social aspect may play a role in the exercise adherence of older adults.
dc.description.sponsorship School of Physical Education
dc.format.extent v, 62 leaves : ill. ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Aging -- Physiological aspects. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Exercise for older people. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Exercise -- Physiological aspects. en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Physical fitness -- Physiological aspects. en_US
dc.title The effects of physical activity on aging : a longitudinal analysis en_US Thesis (M.S.)
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